INTERVIEW

We have overcome almost every challenge to put the economy back on track: Finance Minister

‘Our immediate priorities in the last one year were enabling laws, putting administrative and budgetary set-up in place, and ensuring division of roles and accountability in the context of fiscal federalism.’

Feb 12 2019

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‘People-to-people exchange between Nepal and Japan will further increase’

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is arriving in Kathmandu today on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali. Kono’s visit comes less than two months after Gyawali’s trip to Tokyo and is the first visit to Nepal by the top Japanese diplomat in seven years.

Jan 09 2019

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Health Profession Education Policy sets a precedent for future public policies

With growing consensus on the declining quality of medical education in the country, the government had formed the Mathema Commission in 2015, an expert panel, to formulate a policy on medical education. The commission advised the government to form a Health Profession Education Commission to deal with issues of medical education including their university affiliation and quality control.

Jul 09 2018

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Draft amendment to Transitional Justice Act adheres to court’s verdict and international practices

Almost three years after the Supreme Court verdict, the government has drafted a bill on the amendment of acts of Commission on Investigation of Enforced Disappeared Persons and Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Jun 25 2018

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INGOs are here to complement the government, not to challenge it

The proposed National Integrity Policy, one of whose aims is to rein in the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international NGOs working in Nepal, has drawn flak from various stakeholders for introducing several restrictive provisions.

Jun 18 2018

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During his China visit, PM Oli’s primary focus will be on implementing past pacts

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is embarking on a five-day state visit to China beginning on June 19. With his visits to New Delhi and now Beijing, the Oli government has underscored the importance it attaches to Nepal’s bilateral relations with India and China.

Jun 11 2018

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‘If you promise heaven on earth, you will not get anywhere’

On May 24, the President presented the government’s annual policies and programmes for the coming fiscal year 2018/19. It has accorded priority to National Pride Projects and priority projects, while giving equal importance to metro, flyover, tunnel way construction, among other infrastructure.

May 28 2018

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The unification is not for political gains but for a prosperous Nepal

Eight months after the initial agreement between the Communist Party of Nepal-Marxist Leninist United (CPN-UML) and the CPN (Maoist Centre) on a party unity, the two ruling left parties have sealed the merger.

May 21 2018

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Oli govt has gone out of its way to get two-thirds majority in Parliament and in centralising power to PMO

Nepal has embraced a path towards economic reforms after the Girija Prasad Koirala-led government adopted economic liberalisation in the early 90s. Now, the KP Oli government talks of economic growth, development and prosperity. It is even planning grand new linkages with both our neighbours for improved trade and transit. And yet, the government in a recent white paper published by the Finance Ministry has criticised Nepal’s privatisation drive, claiming that it was carried out “on a whim.”

May 14 2018

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If govt breaks some syndicates successfully, it sets a precedent for the future

The scrapping of more route permits and the arresting of protestors involved in the recent nationwide strike called by the Federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs (FNNTE) has only reinforced the government’s decision to end the cartel system in public transportation.

May 07 2018

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MC and UML couldn’t come together on Lenin’s birth anniversary but May 5, Marx’s 200th birth anniversary, is coming up

April 22, the birth anniversary of Vladimir Lenin and the founding day of the Nepal Communist Party, has passed. This was the proposed date of unification of CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre). But leaders from both parties suggest that even though unification did not occur on the said date, the parties will eventually come together.

Apr 23 2018

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